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ABCs of Nursing Home Transition

CIL-NET Presents… A Brand-New National Onsite Training:

April 7-9, 2015; St. Louis, Missouri

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF).

Registration Fee: $150.00

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETWe all know community living is a right, but that doesn’t mean that assisting someone to move back to the community is easy. Planning a successful transition takes months, sometimes years, of careful decision-making and planning by the consumer with your support. Join us in St. Louis this April to learn from the best. Our trainers will give you the resources, tips, and planning tools to take the guesswork out of transition so you can prepare for a successful transition from step one. This proven curriculum has been presented, with consistent updates and improvements, to IL staff all over the country. Don’t miss out. Sign up today!

And, all participants will also have the opportunity to visit Paraquad, St. Louis’ outstanding Center for Independent Living on the afternoon of Thursday, April 9th. Transportation is provided and included in the registration fee!

Note: Space is limited to the first 55 participants from CILs receiving priority admission. Other organizations registering will be admitted on a space available basis only. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will learn:

  • That nursing facility transition is now a fifth core service for CILs.
  • The connection between the Americans with Disabilities Act & the Title II Most Integrated Setting Mandate, along with background on the Olmstead Decision.
  • How to develop relationships with nursing facilities and their residents, their families and their supporters.
  • Details of confidentiality, consent, medical records and guardianship that you need to understand.
  • How to maintain a consumer-directed approach.
  • The components of the transition plan & IL plan.
  • Check-lists, tools and strategies for addressing barriers to a successful transition.
  • How to plan for health care, assistive technology, school, employment, transportation, IL skills, community activities, financial stability, and in-home health care and personal assistance services.
  • Things to pay attention to after the move, including documenting success.
  • How to support relocated individuals and intervene when advocacy is necessary.

Target Audience

This training will provide a framework for how to assist individuals in developing and implementing a plan to transition out of a nursing facility, and the activities and the necessary supports to maintain community living. This training will be of most benefit to transition facilitators, IL specialists, and others interested in how to provide nursing home transition/re-location services.


Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
315 Chestnut Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
Front Desk Phone: (314) 259-3244
Rate: $135/night + tax

  • Hotel accommodations are at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • For reservations, please call Hyatt at 1.800.233.1234 by March 9, 2015.
  • Rate: $135.00 / night / single or double, plus applicable taxes – includes guestroom internet access. Mention IL-NET Training when making your reservation to receive the group rate.

Meet Your Presenters

Bruce Darling: Executive Director, Center for Disability Rights, Rochester, NY

Bruce is co-founder of the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), a disability rights organization and Independent Living Center. During the summer of 2000, without any new funding but with a great deal of conviction, CDR began a project to transition people out of nursing homes and back into the community. The project has helped hundreds of people return to community living.

Louis Frick: Executive Director, Access to Independence, San Diego, CA.

Louis has been involved in creating community integration for people with disabilities for more than 36 years. Louis has played a critical role in providing strategic guidance in the emerging area of linking services provided in the medical setting with long-term services and supports provided in the community for seniors and people with disabilities.

Amy Kalivas: Program Manager, Access to Independence, San Diego, CA.

Amy came on board to implement a brand new grant from The California Endowment to help people transition from institutions back into the community. This particular disability issue became her passion as a result and she currently manages the transition and other IL Programs in the San Diego and North County offices of Access to Independence. Amy has a particular interest and expertise in enhancing Access to Independence’s efforts to help people with disabilities get out of institutions and live in their communities independently.


IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET and SILC-NETPRESENTED BY CIL-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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